The independent Panel reviewing the controversial New Prosperity mine project has told Taseko Mines Limited that major deficiencies with the proposal must be addressed before the Panel can consider proceeding to public hearings, but Tsilhqot’in National Government is calling on the company to stop wasting everyone’s time and withdraw its obviously shoddy proposal.
“We agree with the Panel,” said Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse, “Government regulators also said that the company has not backed up its claims that it can somehow ‘save’ Teztan Biny in the middle of an open-pit mining operation. Our position is that this proposal does not stand up, it will not save Teztan Biny and it would still mean the same devastating impacts for our culture and our communities”.
“Only weeks after its Prosperity proposal was rejected, this company started claiming it could now save Teztan Biny and deal with all the impacts that doomed the last proposal,” said Chief Marilyn Baptiste of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, “Well, the Panel and the governments have now said there are serious deficiencies in those claims. It seems to us that the company has put its efforts into pushing through a second proposal as fast as it can, without doing the homework to see if it can actually back up its proposal”.